LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


Modernism Week returns to the desert on February 13, much to the delight of the mid-century architecture and design world. Honoring its tagline descriptors of “cool,” “iconic” and “modern,” Modernism Week will offer more than 100 events, including a pre-fab showcase, home tours, films, walking and bike tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, seminars and much more. Though there’s something good at every corner, we personally consider Never Built Palm Springs an absolute must. Our very own editor-in-chief Erin Feher will play host among industry greats for the panel discussion, presenting an array of could-have-been development projects in Palm Springs. Did we mention there’s an option of bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas or sangria? Runs from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 23. For full list of events, click here. To buy tickets for available events, click here (ticket prices vary). Palm Springs.

If mid-century modern isn’t quite your style and you prefer the landscape architecture and design field anyway, set your sights on the LA Expo in Long Beach. The two-day regional trade show and educational conference gathers over 1,200 professionals in the field to talk shop and share insider tips. With 30+ design seminars and workshops, you can check off lesson plans on LEED design, sustainability, outdoor living and urban landscape — to name only a slight smattering of what’s available. Thursday, February 13, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, February 14, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Individual seminar rates are one seminar for $45; two seminars for $70; three seminars for $100; four seminars for $125 and five seminars for $145. Shop for seminars here. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach.

L.A.-based artist Kaz Oshiro and Los Angeles County Museum of Art have teamed up to engage with the community, specifically those of the pint-sized variety. An exhibition of Oshiro’s work titled Chasing Ghosts can be found within Charles White Elementary School in Los Angeles, which acts as a “satellite gallery” of LACMA. Everyday objects such as file cabinets and microwaves are cleverly replicated with an assemblage of canvases, paint and stretcher bars. These particularly innovative sculptures are full-size illusions and available for viewing via family-friendly tours. Runs through Saturday, June 7. Open to the public 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8; Saturday March 8; Saturday, May 10; and Saturday, June 7. General admission is free. Enter the gallery at the corner of Park View and Wilshire Boulevard. Charles White Elementary School Gallery, 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

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